Released on Mogwai’s Rock Action label, Piggy Wings is a 14-track career highlights compilation from the beloved Glaswegian indie act The Yummy Fur, favourites of the late John Peel. Active between 1992 and 1999 and fronted by Jackie McKeown, its line-up included three future members of Franz Ferdinand.
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If you like short, sharp, biting songs sung in a thick Scottish burr then this Yummy Fur compilation is for you. Yummy Fur are a band who were most active in the mid-to-late 90s. They were signed to Mogwai's label Rock Action but most of the similarities stop there. A few members of Franz Ferdinand were members at one point and again, most of the similarities stop there (thankfully).
Regular readers of mine will know that I like to make an instant assumption about an artist based purely on their name, often to be proved completely wrong by the time the first note of an album has rung out. This is why I didn't listen to Spiritualized for a while, assuming they were a trance act... Alas, this also happened with Yummy Fur. Judging by the name, I assumed they were a folk group full of milksops and lickspittles. This was reinforced by the compilation name 'Piggy Wings' (L.o.L rAnDoM!). But how wrong I was! I really really enjoyed this compilation. There are obvious nods to early the Fall and by extension Country Teasers, as well as some sexy, doomy numbers reminiscent of the Stooges and even some thrilling dissonance a la Slint. I'm also reminded of the Raincoats in how you can almost hear how much fun they're having. I particularly loved 'Sexy World' which either has an entire drum track put through delay or Scotland's worst double drummers, and it just sounds great.
It's interesting to hear the similarities between Yummy Fur and some of the new-ish bands coming out the South London scene. Both share flirtations with afrobeat rhythms, angular guitar lines, and cynical lyrics. Yummy Fur have got an impish quality that I love. This new compilation is a demonstration of their killer arrangements and whip-smart songwriting.
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